Dr. Albert Green, CEO of Kent Displays, was reappointed to the Manufacturing Council, a private sector committee that directly advises the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.
The council, which is made up of 26 private sector members, was created in 2004 to advise the Secretary of Commerce on government policies and programs that affect U.S. manufacturing and provides a forum for proposing solutions to industry-related problems.
The council also works to ensure that the United States remains the preeminent destination for investment in manufacturing throughout the world.
"Keeping our manufacturing sector strong is critical to job growth in the United States," said U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank. "The Department of Commerce is focused on supporting U.S. manufacturers as they build things here, so they can sell them everywhere. The council has an important role to play in shaping the direction of our nation's manufacturing strategy and supporting American businesses and workers."
Green has been Kent Displays CEO since 2007, and has since led the company's transformation from a research and development organization to a highly successful consumer electronics manufacturer. As part of this transformation, the company developed and installed a revolutionary roll-to-roll LCD production line in Kent in 2008.
The line mass manufactures Reflex No Power LCDs from rolls of conductor-coated plastic. A second roll-to-roll line, which is expected to triple LCD production capacity, will be commissioned in 2013.
Green spearheaded the formation of Improv Electronics, a consumer products subsidiary of Kent Displays, and the launch of the company's first consumer product, the Boogie Board LCD eWriter. The electronic alternative to paper, which utilizes a Reflex LCD for its writing surface, is sold in more than 30 countries. Boogie Board eWriter sales have helped Kent Displays nearly quadruple annual revenue since 2010.
Green was originally appointed to the Manufacturing Council in April 2012. In addition to the Manufacturing Council, Green has provided his expertise to the U.S. government in several capacities: As an adviser to President Barack Obama's Export Council, as a business delegation member for the 2011 U.S. Commerce Trade Mission to India led by Secretary Gary Locke, and as a participant in the export session of President Obama's Winning the Future Small Business Forum in 2011.
"Sharing my experiences as the CEO of Kent Displays with the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and other manufacturing industry leaders through the Manufacturing Council this past year has been productive and rewarding," Green said. "Kent Displays is one of many companies at the forefront of U.S. manufacturing, and I am eager to provide ongoing input to help ensure the U.S. remains a global leader in manufacturing."